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Transforming smallholder irrigation into profitable and self-sustaining systems in southern Africa

Bjornlund, Henning; Parry, Karen; Pittock, James; Stirzaker, Richard; van Rooyen, Andre; Moyo, Martin; Mdemu, Makarius; de Sousa, Wilson; Cheveia, Etevaldo; Munguambe, Paiva; Kimaro, Emmanuel; Kissoly, Luitfred; Chilundo, Mario; Zuo, Alec; Ramshaw, Andrew


Small-scale communal irrigation schemes in Africa have not realised returns on investment. Critical to this failure is that funders, designers and managers of these schemes have not recognized them as complex socio-ecological systems with a diversity of constraints. These schemes are often under-performing and characterized by a subsistence orientation, which is compounded by poor market integration, low capacity to invest in crop production, low yields, difficulties paying for water, or lack...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Smart Water Management
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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